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Midwest

Marketing and Engineering Solutions Inc.

clients want mes to deliver
the highest product quality,
demonstrate reliability and
save them money.

the massive increase in the automobile sector for the fifth consecutive
year. "International and local OEMs,
our clients included, are attracted and
incentivized by the incredible business opportunities in Mexico such
as competitive wages, the free-trade
agreements, advantage in energy
costs and the establishment of industry clusters," Shah says. "They expect
to invest significantly in manufacturing facilities and operations in the upcoming period.
"MES understands that in order to
be successful in Mexico, our clients
require their suppliers to deliver the
highest product quality, demonstrate
reliability and ultimately save them
money," he continues. "Mexican suppliers right now don't have the necessary capacity and are struggling with
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the increase in demand, opening the
way for Asian imports."
The aluminum, iron and zinc market are very fluid, according to Shah.
The exchange rates with countries
such as China and India have a huge
impact on the course of business for
sourcing materials in a cost-efficient
manner, along with the availability of
materials. Therefore, MES has systems in place to reexamine its process
every couple of months to ensure it's
working with the best service for the
best price. But Shah isn't worried.
If the exchange rates keep climbing,
MES is developing new relationships
and infrastructure in other countries
like Vietnam for sourcing its products.
To improve quality and efficiencies
across the board from Mexico to India, MES has trained most of its sup-

pliers in its quality expectations. "Everybody understands what we want,"
Shah explains. "We have taken ownership of training; that's how we improve the quality. We impart knowledge and hold them accountable."
As mentioned, one of the most important metrics for MES is quality
PPM. MES's quality processes match
the automotive industry's stringent
quality expectations because it is held
to even higher standards. The company explains that it can achieve this in a
number of ways: MES has a local U.S./
Mexico-based quality engineering
contact; it has boots on the ground
in 100 percent of supplier locations,
all within one day of travel from the
supplier locations; it meets with suppliers on a regular basis; and the company has developed an app that allows


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